FLA File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a FLA file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .FLA files.

What is a FLA file?

Files that contain the .fla file extension are files that are used by the Adobe Flash application. The Adobe Flash application was previously referred to as Macromedia Flash. Adobe Systems acquired Macromedia in 2005.

Most Web browsers can support the Adobe Flash feature. Files that contain the .fla file extension store movies or animation files that have been created with the Adobe Flash application. These files are often saved as SWF files for use on the Internet.

The FLA file is a raw editable file that is saved by the Flash software application. The SWF file is the compressed file that is created from the FLA file for use on the Web.

How to open FLA files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension FLA for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different FLA openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension FLA

While we know of one file format using the .FLA file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .FLA file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of FLA files. Remember, different programs may use FLA files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Adobe FlashAdobe FlashUser submitted
MplayerMplayerUser submitted
AIMP3AIMP3User submitted
UMPlayerUMPlayerUser submitted
MediaMonkeyMediaMonkeyUser submitted
Macromedia FlashMacromedia FlashUser submitted
MediaPlayerLiteMediaPlayerLiteUser submitted
Adobe Flash CCAdobe Flash CCUser submitted
JRiver Media CenterJRiver Media CenterUser submitted
KMPlayerKMPlayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with FLA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with FLA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!